About IST

Welcome to the International School Telemark.We are an exciting and growing international school situated in Porsgrunn, an attractive coastal town in Telemark County, Norway. There are over 25 different nationalities among the students, parents and staff of IST. The school was established in 2004 and has steadily grown over the last ten years to have over 160 students from Grade 1 to Grade 10. We are an IB World School and offer the primary (PYP) and middle years (MYP) programmes of the International Baccalaureate (IB) to students from all over the world.Features of IST include:

  • High quality international education in small classes;
  • A challenging and stimulating curriculum in a multi-cultural environment;
  • Exciting and creative teaching that engages students and responds to their diverse skills and needs;
  • IB World School;
  • The use of English as the working language of the school;
  • Well qualified, dedicated and professional staff;
  • Strong links to other international schools and the IB;
  • The promotion of Norwegian as the host country language, and of both international and Norwegian culture;
  • Strong links and cooperation with other international schools and the local community in Telemark;
  • Approval by Utdanningsdirekoratet (The Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training) and full compliance with the private school legal framework.

During 2012 we moved from Herøya to Hovet. The school is located just south of the centre of Porsgrunn, close to Eidanger Fjord and within easy access to the E18 main road.

Dr Richard Caffyn (Principal)

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